Argentina: 6 ( Rojo-15′, Pastore-27′, di María 47′, 53′, Agüero 80′, Higuaín 83′)
Paraguay: 1 (Barrios 43′)
Concepcion: Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday’s final.
27′ Goal Javier Pastore !!The PSG midfielder gallops into a pocket of space on the edge of the box, before rifling a wonderful strike inside the left-hand post! Another Argentina counter attack, another goal. Just before, Diaz was forced to replace the injured Gonzalez with Bobadill.
15′– Goooaaaal! ROJO MAKES IT 1-0 TO ARGENTINA! Messi whips in a free-kick delivery from the left-hand side, but Paraguay just can’t clear their lines! It is taken roughly under control by the former Sporting defender, who finally is able to slide a neat finish into the bottom left corner! Villar had no chance!
Paraguay starting line-up (4-4-2): Villar, Valdez, Aguilar, Da Silva, Piris; Caceres, Ortiz; Gonzalez, Caceres, Ortiz, Benitez; Haedo, Santa Cruz.
Argentina starting line-up (4-3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Rojo; Pastore, Mascherano, Biglia; Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.